Junior Bro has three more reasons to be thankful

Nov. 26, 2018Posted by NawFuL

Week 12 results


Leads By


Thursday, November 22, 2018
Chicago @ Detroit Detroit Detroit Chicago
Washington @ Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas
Atlanta @ New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans Atlanta
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Oakland @ Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore
Jacksonville @ Buffalo Jacksonville Buffalo Jacksonville
Seattle @ Carolina Carolina Seattle Seattle
Cleveland @ Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati Cleveland
New England @ N.Y. Jets New England New England New England
N.Y. Giants @ Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia New York Giants
San Francisco @ Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay
Miami @ Indianapolis Indianapolis Indianapolis Indianapolis
Arizona @ L.A. Chargers L.A. Chargers L.A. Chargers Arizona
Pittsburgh @ Denver Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Denver
Green Bay @ Minnesota Green Bay Minnesota Minnesota
Monday, November 26, 2018
Tennessee @ Houston Houston Houston Houston
Byes: Kansas City, L.A. Rams
© 2018 Gehlke Bros. Football

Thanksgiving is the time when we traditionally count our many blessings, and in the GBF universe no one was counting those blessings in Week 12 more than the Junior Bro. The defending Surfy champion took a big step toward retaining his title Sunday with a 3-for-3 splits sweep, the first such blowout of the 2018 season.

It was a much different day for the Senior Bro, who until now has never led but had not been more than three games back at any point. He had been chipping away at the most recent deficit until Sunday’s poor prognostication performance bumped him to four games down in the standings with just five weeks left to play. He will undoubtedly look back on the missed opportunities he had to keep the standings closer, starting with the Thursday morning game between the Bears and Lions. Glenn spent hours deliberating his pick before siding with Detroit, only to see the division-leading Bears pull out the win in a non-split game.

But it was the splits he lost Sunday that did the most damage.

Sean thought he might regret his pick of Buffalo over the visiting Jaguars, but in the end the Bills prevailed, 24-21, sending last year’s AFC runner-up to its seventh consecutive defeat. Meanwhile the Seahawks and Panthers — both in the thick of the playoff chase — played a close game for four quarters before Seattle claimed a 30-27 victory on Sebastian Janikowski’s winning field goal at the end of the game. That left the Sunday nighter between Green Bay and Minnesota — two mediocre division rivals who played to a tie in their first meeting of the season. There was no tie this time, and no late heroics from Aaron Rodgers or the rest of the Packers as the visitors looked comatose for most of the second half in the Vikings’ 24-17 win.

The Junior Bro looked far from comatose in notching a 12-3 record to win the week and expand his overall lead to four games. Ben, coming off last week’s strong showing, finished second at 11-4. Glenn’s third-place finish at 9-6 was just the topping on a disappointing Thanksgiving weekend that included catching a cold. He’d blame the losses on that if not for the fact he made his picks before he got sick. We all correctly picked Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, New England, Tampa Bay and Houston. There were no games whose winner we all missed, so at least we can be thankful for that.